Respiratory Diseases and Disorders SourceBook: Basic Information about Respiratory Diseases and Disorders, Including Asthma, Cystic Fibrosis, Influenza and Others / Edition 1

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If the respiratory systems fails, the cells in the vital organs of the body will die after three to five minutes without oxygen. This new Sourcebook is designed for patients diagnosed with a disease or disorder affecting this critical system, and their families who want to help them breathe easier. The Sourcebook digs into the details of specific respiratory problems, their detection and treatment, and ways to control symptoms and discomfort. Covered are asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), the common cold and influenza, cystic fibrosis, breathing disorders during sleep, SIDS, and much more.
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Library Journal
These two new volumes follow the same format as previous offerings in the series, compiling documents published by a variety of public and private institutions. According to the prefaces, "the documents chosen present basic medical information for the interested layperson." Cardiovascular Diseases contains pamphlets published by the National Institutes of Health and its sister health agencies and excerpts from publications of the American Heart Association. Subjects covered include descriptions of common heart and vascular problems, statistical and demographics data, drug and surgical therapies, living with cardiovascular disease, and lifestyle changes for healthier living. Respiratory Diseases and Disorders relies on the same government sources as well as the American Lung Association, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, and McNeil Pharmaceutical. The respiratory system is described; common disorders are detailed, along with their detection and treatment; and common breathing irritants and their control are outlined. Current research and a glossary are also included. Since the information in both books comes from numerous sources, the quality and reading level vary from chapter to chapter. Publication dates of the source materials range from 1986 to 1994, with information often general and repeated frequently. Other books provide similar information in a better format; for instance The Yale University School of Medicine Heart Book (LJ 3/1/92) is a superior and cheaper choice over Cardiovascular Diseases. Recommended only for larger health collections. [The seventh volume in the series, Food and Animal Borne Diseases Sourcebook, is reviewed below.Ed.]Janet M. Schneider, James A. Haley Veterans Hosp., Tampa, Fla.
A comprehensive collection of published governmental and non- governmental informational materials presented in a nontechnical style for patients, their families, and caregivers. It includes details of specific respiratory problems, their detection and treatment, and ways to control symptoms and discomfort. Among the disorders and diseases covered are asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, the common cold and influenza, cystic fibrosis, breathing disorders during sleep, and SIDS. Other chapters discuss ways to minimize or eliminate various breathing irritants. A section on current research highlights new drugs, treatments, and problems; and research into respiratory problems of minorities. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780780800373
  • Publisher: Omnigraphics, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/1/1995
  • Series: Health Reference Series, #6
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 771

Table of Contents

Diagram of the Lungs
Ch. 1 The Lungs - Medicine for the Layman 3
Ch. 2 Asthma 13
Ch. 3 Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) 159
Ch. 4 Common Cold and Influenza 211
Ch. 5 Cystic Fibrosis 239
Ch. 6 Histoplasmosis 369
Ch. 7 Pneumonia and Legionnaires' Disease 375
Ch. 8 Pulmonary Disorders 395
Ch. 9 Respiratory Distress Syndrome (RDS) - Infants 421
Ch. 10 Sarcoidosis 435
Ch. 11 Breathing Disorders During Sleep 449
Ch. 12 Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and Apparent Life-Threatening Events (ALTE) 469
Ch. 13 Tuberculosis 495
Ch. 14 Work Related Disorders 539
Ch. 15 Biological Agents 581
Ch. 16 Ozone Air Pollution 585
Ch. 17 Benefits and Concerns with the Use of Humidifiers 589
Ch. 18 Environmental Tobacco Smoke 599
Ch. 19 Health Benefits of Smoking Cessation: Report of the Surgeon General, 1990 607
Ch. 20 Clearing the Air: How to Quit Smoking and Quit for Keeps 619
Ch. 21 I Mind Very Much If You Smoke 641
Ch. 22 Respiratory Problems in Minorities 651
Ch. 23 Research Highlights 683
Ch. 24 New Drugs, Treatments, and Problems 691
Ch. 25 Single and Double Lung Transplantation 707
Ch. 26 Glossary of Medical Terms 717
Index 757
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